Jacopo Robusti, aka Tintoretto
Like many facts about the artist’s early life, the date of Tintoretto’s birth is unclear. His death certificate says that he died on 31 May 1594 aged 75 years and 8 months which would put his birth in September 1518. Ten years before his death, he told a biographer that he was born in 1522—presumably the vanity of an old man trying to appear younger. Another biography written about 50 years after his death includes the date 1512. The accepted date for his birth, based on recent scholarship is 1519. Taking this, and giving a nod to the 1518 date, Venice’s Palazzo Ducale, the home to some of his most important works, is currently running a retrospective exhibition to celebrate his 500th birthday.